Durham’s (NC) Dusky Electronics unveiled an update to their low-to-medium overdrive Toasted with a new look and an expanded sonic range.
Based on a pair of pair of MOSFET gain stages cascaded one into the other, this discrete, class-A circuit can be used as a tool to take your amp’s tone in new places in both the color and saturation realms. Dynamic lovers will want to use an 18v power supply (it works with your standard 9v as well).
An internal MEAT switch allows to boost the low end, while the high input impedance allows it to work well in your pedal chain no matter the placement.
Toasted is a semi-transparent, low-to-medium gain overdrive. Eschewing commonly used opamps and clipping diodes, the magic in Toasted comes from the natural overdrive of MOSFET gain stages set up like tube gain stages in an amplifier. The Toasted’s elegant circuit achieves amp-like overdrive through the fairly straightforward mechanism of being an overdriven amp in a small, handmade pedal.
Toasted’s dynamic low-to-medium gain range stacks well with other pedals and its substantial output volume allows it to push a tube amplifier over the edge. Think of Toasted as a semi-transparent gain stage that can be used to expand the range of an existing guitar to amplifier connection. Bells and whistles include: internal MEAT switch for expanding the low end range, a high input impedance so it sounds good anywhere in your pedal chain, and options to run from battery power, or from 9-18V power supplies.